Pots and pans should only be clanged together when used in avant-garde stage shows or to warn cooks of approaching cookie monsters. Avoid raising alarms with clumsy cooking with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $49 for one seat in a cooking class (a $100 value)
- $89 for two seats in a cooking class (a $200 value)
In small classes of up to 12 students, chef Cornell Coulon, formerly of Dupont Grille, shows students how to whip up complete meals in different culinary or ethnic styles. See the full class listing and schedule here.
Most high-school kids identify PBS with children's shows or Masterpiece Theatre; but for Cornell Coulon, chef and director of Cooking Classes at Au Dela, PBS was a second classroom, as he studiously watched Great Chefs before trying his hand at perfecting those techniques in his mother's kitchen. Coulon's diligence led him to become a protégé of Emeril Lagasse and eventually wind up in DC, where he offers private-chef and catering services as well as cooking classes.
As a private chef and caterer, Coulon constructs dishes with sustainable ingredients from small and local producers, using organic meat and produce whenever possible. He shares the skills picked up on his culinary journey with students during in-depth cooking classes, where up to 12 students learn how to construct a delicious meal, usually including two entrees, side dishes, dessert, and a brief, regrettable vaudeville performance. In the creole class, Chef Coulon shares his grandmother's recipes for gumbo and bread pudding, and in the seafood class, he demonstrates methods for cooking fish so that it comes out flaky and firm. Toward the end of class, students can consume the finished meal as they sip wine.
Cornucopia Cruise Line
Established in 1998, Cornucopia Cruise Line's three ships transport guests along the New York City harbor or the inland waterways along the New Jersey and Staten Island shorelines. Each ship is appointed with uplit ceilings, brass railings, hardwood dance floors, and glittering lights. During evening cruises, wait staff serve a sit-down dinner of surf-and-turf entrees as the DJ's tunes coax diners onto the dance floor. Excursions on Saturday and Sunday sate guests with buffet-style lunch or brunch, respectively. The ships range in size from the Cornucopia Majesty's vast 1,200-person capacity to the Cornucopia Destiny's intimate 250-person quarters, where guests should wear business-casual attire, eschewing gym shoes on their feet and flip-flops on their hands.